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Dear Barack Obama: A Letter from an Urban Math Teacher to His President

September 14, 2009 Jose
President Obama Checking My E-mails

Dear President Obama, First, I’d like to thank you for your speech on education last weekend in Arlington, VA to high schoolers. I actually found it rather informative and refreshing to hear a current President talk about topics such as responsibility and effort in school. Your life stories as they pertain to school give a […]

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Short Notes: The Imperfect Death

August 30, 2009 Short Notes
Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy

A few notes: Following TeachPaperless’ blog has been a godsend of sorts. This is probably the best argument I’ve seen against using rubrics for student work. JD highlights a documentary about NYC teachers and unions, and how they relate to McCarthyism. Here are some talks from TED (Teaching, Entertainment, Design) that might inspire some of […]

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Pa’lante Pa’lante

August 6, 2009 Jose
Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor and President Obama

A few minutes ago, Al Franken, who himself went through a few months of struggle attaining his position as senator of Minnesota, confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court Justice, 68-31. We all know the biography: products of hard-working Puerto-Rican parents, Bronx-native, came through Catholic education and through the Ivy Leagues, rose up the ranks […]

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Letters: No, Your Hips Aren’t Enough

June 22, 2009 Jose
Rodney Dangerfield by Harville

Dear Political Volunteer: I’m going to say it: there’s no situation under which, when you have a serious proposition for me, you can nudge me with your hips while I’m trying to drink a rum and coke. None. I know who’s reading, and I can’t say I care much who it offends, or even if […]

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The True Power of Literacy (or Another Reason I’m Not Feeling Charter Schools)

March 23, 2009 Jose
Just Read!

How many times have you heard the following sentence? “That’s not what I said. Listen / read clearly.” This statement usually comes about when, either out of sheer emotional attachment to the subject or their own obstinance, they ignore what someone’s saying and it becomes a discussion about something that’s closer to their hearts rather […]

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How’s That Postracial Thing Working Out For You?

February 18, 2009 Jose
Eric Holder

O, humans. After Barack Obama was elected, some of you seriously thought that the color barrier had officially collapsed. Some of you were grinning extra hard since you thought all the problems of the world were laid off your shoulders, as if we were only one John Hancock away from true world peace. Evidently, someone […]

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